The Surprisingly Small Percentage Health Orgs Spend on Data Security

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | November 3, 2011

Three percent or less. That’s how much of their overall IT budgets half the respondents to a HIMSS survey allocate to information security – and that’s up from last year. The fourth annual HIMSS Security Survey, in fact, found that 53 percent of respondents spend less than 3 percent, with a portion of those spending less than 1 percent.

What’s more, 16 percent of respondents spend 4 to 6 percent, while a meager 3 percent of respondents dedicate between 7 to 12 percent. Only 4 percent of study participants answered that they spend more than 12 percent of the overall IT budget on information security...